Purebred Vs Mutt: Common Objections To Mixed Breed Dogs
The question whether or not it’s better to have a purebred dog or a mixed breed dog is one of the most debated topics among pet owners. Some people believe that having a mutt will make your life easier than if you had a purebred dog; others say that they prefer to keep their dogs pure bred because they feel like there are fewer health problems with them.
Others still say that they just don’t want to deal with all the hassle of getting a new dog every time they get married.
As far as I’m concerned, I think it depends on what kind of person you are. If you’re someone who likes having control over how your dog looks and acts, then yes, it would probably be best if you kept your dog pure bred.
However, if you’re someone who doesn’t mind dealing with some of the responsibilities associated with owning a dog, then maybe it would be better to go for a mixed breed instead.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Purebred Dog?
First off, let’s look at what benefits do purebred dogs provide. They usually come from several different sources. For example, you might find that your dog has had a long line of ancestors that were all police dogs. This means that the dog will probably have a much higher sense of smell than most other dogs, making it easier for you to detect certain scents when you take them out for walks. In fact, some purebred dogs make such excellent hunting and tracking companions that they even take over the job from their human counterparts at times!
Another benefit that some purebred dogs have is the fact that they have been bred for certain traits. For example, some breeds of dogs were specifically bred to look intimidating, such as in the case of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Doberman Pinscher.
Other dogs were bred for their loyalty and protective nature, such as the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler.
What are the drawbacks of having a purebred dog?
Now let’s talk about some of the potential drawbacks to owning a purebred dog. The first thing most people think of are health issues. Purebred dogs definitely have a greater chance of having certain health problems than mixed breeds do. The main reason for this is because people have been breeding dogs for certain traits, but not health traits. This means that many purebred dogs are susceptible to certain health problems, such as epilepsy or hip dysplasia.
Another concern that people have about keeping a purebred dog is the cost. Because purebreds come from a long line of specialized breeding, getting one isn’t exactly cheap.
In fact, it can easily cost you a few hundred dollars just to get a purebred dog, and that’s if you’re getting it from free sources like online forums. If you’re going to a breeder, then be prepared to pay at least a thousand dollars or more for your purebred pooch.
What are the benefits of having a mixed breed dog?
As opposed to purebred dogs, mixed breed dogs are significantly cheaper. You can get a perfectly healthy mixed breed from your local shelter for just a little bit of money, or even get one for free.
If money is an issue and you don’t want to go through the stress of health problems later on, then why not go with a mixed breed instead?
As far as looks go, mixed breed dogs are much cooler looking in most cases. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your mixed breed dog will have a weird nose or something like that. You also don’t have to worry about it having some sort of bizarre coat, either.
Also, mixed breeds are typically healthier than purebreds. While this isn’t always true, it’s more common for mixed breeds to have fewer health problems than purebreds do.
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